How To Teach Super Simple Songs

How To Teach The Farmer In The Dell

Caitie is sharing tips for using the preschool song “The Farmer In The Dell” in the classroom and at home for lots of fun learning with little ones. She has lots of great ideas! And she’ll lead us through the song using gestures – an excellent way to introduce a song to children. “The Farmer In The Dell” is a classic children’s nursery rhyme that explores the things a farmer might do while working on the farm.

Try these ideas in the classroom or at home!

  • Ask your students about other things a farmer might do on their farm. See if they can come up with other actions and movements as they pretend to be farmers.
  • This is a great song to sing during a theme about farm animals. For more farm animal fun you can sing the Super Simple Songs Old MacDonald Had A Farm and The Animals On The Farm.
  • Try drawing pictures of the different verses from The Farmer In The Dell. Students can draw each one, or pick their favorite to illustrate.
  • Once your class is familiar with the song, divide them into groups and have each group sing a different verse and do the actions. Then switch up the groups so they each have a different verse and sing it again. This way students get lots of opportunities to hear all the different vocabulary in the song.
  • This is a great song to help teach or review verbs and nouns. Each verse has the same simple sentence structure with one verb and two nouns – the farmer and a new noun introduced in each verse. Give your students a copy of the lyrics of the song and have them circle the verbs and underline the nouns. You can also do this together as a group on the board.